Monday, 27 August 2007

Invasion of the Scarecrows

This weekend has been the Annual Scarecrow Festival in our village. Over 50 scarecrows have been on display in gardens all round the village and hundreds of people have been touring the village looking at the scarecrows, voting for their favourites and generally enjoying the sunshine. It's great to see the community come together to put on such an event and it always raises loads of money for the village Church. So while the washing machine continued chugging along dealing with all that holiday washing, we got out and did the tour ourselves.

He's a few piccies of some of our favourite scarecrows.

Spiderman outside the Post Office

Bill & Ben (and weed too)

Elves created by a couple of paramedics

A 'Crow Bar'!

and finally a witch confused by Sat Nav!

Sunday, 26 August 2007

Back To Life - Back To Reality

Returning home from a holiday is never fun but bringing the sunshine home with us certainly made it easier. We had glorious weather most of the time we were away, whereas back home I've been told the weather was pretty grim ......... until that is yesterday! Today has been gorgeous - hot, sunny and just what summer should be like. We even had a BBQ earlier. Only about the third or fourth we've managed this summer. I really hope this lovely weather lasts, at least until the children go back to school.

We popped out this afternoon to get the last of the 'back to school' gear - two pairs of new football boots. You wouldn't believe how difficult it was to get a size 3 pair of boots for Steven - I think every other size 3 child had gotten there before us and bought them all! Anyway, all three children are now fully kitted out. With them all starting new schools this year it's meant lots to buy.

I've started going through the holiday photos. Amongst the hundreds I took there are several that are priceless and I'm already planning in my head LOs using them. There were lots of 'firsts' during the holiday - Lara's first ride on a bus, Steven's first proper 'swim' in the sea (he only learnt to swim last month), first time seeing a meteor shower (we watched the Perseid meteor shower on the night of Wayne's birthday - didn't get any photos but may download some form the web for a LO about it). So many memories.

Whilst I was away, there were three new scraplift challenges on Mojo Holder plus a class page by Kylie . I managed to get my challenge LOs done before I went away so these were posted along with the other girls LOs. This was my #24 challenge lift of a LO by UKScrapper Mei Lye

This was my #25 challenge lift of a LO by the extremely talented Jlyne Hanback.

And this was last weeks #26 challenge lift of a LO by the infamous Elsie Flannigan.

Please pop along to Mojo Holder to see all the LOs from the DT.

This week is going to be manic! The children have trips to the dentist and haircuts planned. I have to catch up on all the council work I've gotten behind on whilst being away, and I've LOs to get done for Mojo Holder and a couple of other projects (hush hush at the moment). Then there are school trousers to shorten and name tapes to sew into clothes plus the mountain of post-holiday laundry to get through! Hmmmmmmmm........ I think I'll need another holiday, so if any of you are planning on going away (preferably somewhere hot and sunny) and had have room in your suitcase for me, just let me know!

Saturday, 25 August 2007

Five have fun in Dorset

Sorry if you thought I'd gone AWOL! We've been to the coast on our annual summer holiday. Here's a few photos from our two week break in Dorset. I'll fill you in on our adventures over the next few days but will leave you with these photos for now. Oh, forgot to ask.......... anyone want to do the laundry?

Friday, 10 August 2007

Naughty Blogger!!!

Sorry, I've not blogged this week. It's been really busy around here with trips to the optometrist, orthodontist, library, birthday parties............

My third LO for Mojo Holder goes live tonight. I loved the LO we have lifted this week and was quiet pleased with my version. Please have a peep at the website.

Saturday, 4 August 2007

A whole day scrapping!

I've been to my local monthly crop today at Stamp Addicts . There were only 6 of us there because a lot of the others were on holiday or ill but we still had a good time. I had prepared loads of page kits before I went and managed to complete 5 LOs! I even managed to get ahead with my Mojo Holder DT LOs.

Last night my second LO for Mojo Holder went live. It was a scraplift of a LO by Suzanne Torr aka Fruitysuet and the team came up with some super LOs. This was my effort - Steven dressed at Harry Potter for World Book day a couple fo years ago complete with golden snitch and 'Firebolt' broomstick.

I can't show you many of the new LOs I did at the crop today because they are for Mojo Holder but I can show you my UKScrappers Weekly Challenge LO. The challenge was to use a sketch provided, use a musical term or musical symbol, create a piece of art using (for example) stamping, direct to paper, chalks, inchies or serendipity squares, use 11 of something and finally use threads, fibres or something fluffy. Here's my LO. For some reason earlier this year Steven decided he wanted some Pan Pipes so some were bought on Ebay and here he is trying to get a melodious tune from them, which isn't easy (my ears can vouch for that!).

Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Mmmmm........ Chocolate Cake!

Pinch Punch first of the month. etc. etc. etc............. August already! Where has the year gone?

Steven comes back from camp tomorrow (not soon enough) so this afternoon we decided to bake his favourite chocolate cake for his return. Steven LOVES chocolate cake but especially homemade chocolate cake. We used a fool proof recipe for 'Sunday Best Chocolate Fudge Cake' (substituting butter cream for the fudge icing and OK so it's not Sunday, but hey chocolate cake is good any day of the week) from Mary Berry's Ultimate Cake Book - so easy to make and yummy every time!

The only problem now is finding somewhere cool to keep it until tomorrow so that the cream doesn't all flop and also trying to stop anyone sampling it beforehand!